“The department of justice said discussions about the precise source of funding for the HET are continuing…”

The issue of funding the ongoing work of the Historical Enquiries Team, as well as its perceived independence, may be about to become a matter of political disagreement…  As the BBC NI home affairs correspondent, Vincent Kearney, reports

Hundreds of families have co-operated with the team on the basis that it was acting independently.

Many families of people killed during the Troubles, including relatives of some RUC officers, did not want former police officers from Northern Ireland involved in the review of their case.

So, the HET has two special teams consisting exclusively of retired officers from other police forces to review those murders. They are also assigned to cases where there are allegations of security force collusion.

The team has also had financial independence – but that will change next month when the new financial year begins.

For the first six years of its existence, the HET received £34m from the Northern Ireland Office to carry out its work.

During the past two years, Stormont’s department of justice has provided £13m of funding.

The HET has now asked for an additional £10m from the department to continue its work for the next two years.

The BBC understands that the department refused the request. Instead, it asked the PSNI to fund the next two years of the team’s work, with that money coming from the police service’s financial reserves.

The request for funding for the next two years has been the subject of negotiations between the department and PSNI in recent months. [added emphasis]

Then again, it may not…  After all, Sinn Féin have never co-operated with the HET’s investigations.

Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.